2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday, March 25
- IUPUI Natatorium – Indianapolis, IN
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday Prelims & Finals, Friday/Saturday Prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live Results
- NCAA record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2016- 40.46
- American record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2016- 40.46
- U.S. Open record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2016- 40.46
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Caeleb Dressel (Florida)- 40.46
U.S. Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held (41.61), and Blake Pieroni (41.44) are the headliners of the 100 free at this season’s NCAA Championships. Dressel, the heavy favorite, will be chasing his own record of 40.46, while Pieroni and Held, who blasted a pair of personal best 41s at their respective conference meets, will look to join him in the 40-second range.
Returning All-Americans Michael Chadwick (Missouri) and Brett Ringgold (Texas) will look to shake things up. Chadwick cleared 42 for the first time this season, clocking a 41.80 at Missouri’s midseason invite. Ringgold is only 16th on the psych sheets, but got a qualifying time very early in the season, and so hasn’t had to do much else but focus on this meet since.
There are several swimmers bunched into the 42-low range who will compete for a spot in the final. Leading the way are Wisconsin’s Cannon Clifton, Tennessee’s Kyle DeCoursey, and Ohio State’s Matt McHugh with a pair of 42.0s. Not far behind in the 42-low range are NC State’s Justin Ress, Cal’s Justin Lynch, Minnesota’s Bowen Becker, and Stanford’s Sam Perry.
USC’s sprint duo of Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter return to the NCAA stage after taking an Olympic redshirt in 2015-16. Both swimmers were finalists at the Pac-12 championships, but Carter has been faster this season with a 42.14 that landed him 11th on the psych sheet. Penn State’s Shane Ryan also returns after taking a redshirt. Ryan is a likely candidate for the top 8, as he enters with a 41.86.
Leading the freshman contingent is Arizona State’s Cameron Craig, who won the Pac-12 title in this race with a personal best 41.95. Florida’s Maxime Rooney and Alabama’s Zane Waddell are also among the up-and-comers, as they enter with a pair of 42-lows.
TOP 8 PREDICTIONS:
|Place||Swimmer||Team||Season Best||Lifetime Best|
|2||Ryan Held||NC State||41.61||41.61|
|6||Shane Ryan||Penn State||41.86||41.86|
|7||Cameron Craig||Arizona State||41.95||41.95|